Teacher’s Pet

Contrary to this blog post’s title, this rant has nothing to do with brown-nosers. Well, it could… What I’m really talking about is a classroom pet! I remember every single class I ever had with a class pet in it. Starting in kindergarten. We had a guinea pig that lived in the classroom and every weekend a different student was allowed to take the pet home to take care of. From a teacher’s standpoint – that’s the way to go! A fun pet with little to no effort, maintenance, or care. Just pawn the responsibility onto the students and soak in the accolades for being an awesome, pet-loving teacher. The only down side was that I could never take the beloved guinea pig home for the weekend. My mom is seriously allergic to all kinds of animals.

Another down side for us as English teachers is – why the hell would we have a class pet in our classroom? We’re not a science class; we don’t study animals or the environment, and I imagine it would be really hard to let a snake roam around your desktop while trying to write an essay.

But it would be really cool.

I can only come up with a short list of why English teachers would have a pet in their classroom:

  1. You are teaching “Animal Farm”
  2. To aid ESL students with describing and writing
  3. To teach that English is a broader topic than just grammar and writing
  4. To become the coolest, most talked about teacher in your school

I’m interested to see if anyone else can come up with a few solid reasons for incorporating a class pet into an English classroom. Happy thinking!


About Emma Steward

Coloradoan, yogi, future educator, vegetarian, nature lover, fine wine connoisseur of fine wines (Five truths and lie, or is it two...)

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